Admissions & Financial Aid Blog

Welcome! This blog is your exclusive look into the lives of current students from around the US and world as they explore classes, extracurricular activities, campus life, and their love for Rochester. Plus, get advice from admissions and financial aid counselors, regional directors, and deans about the admissions process, academics, scholarships, and aid.

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UR Hosts IB World Student Conference This Summer!
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School Size Matters
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The Ins and Outs of Being a Campus Tour Guide
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Past, Present, and Future: A Conversation with a Rochester Alum
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Dear My Fellow Humanities Students
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Senior Year Goals!
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Retreat for Rochester Students about Crime and Punishment
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Winners of the Simon Scholars Case Competition 2015
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A Crisis of Curiosity
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The Importance of Mentorship

UR Hosts IB World Student Conference This Summer!

The University of Rochester is thrilled to be one of two global hosts for the 2015 International Baccalaureate World Student Conference (IBWSC), happening on campus August 2–8. And in a world of confounding complexity, tough-to-swallow headlines, and intractable disputes, we are equally as happy to present the conference theme, “Game Changers: Reaching Solutions Through the Instinct[…]

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School Size Matters

Two years ago (time flies!), when I was making my college decisions, my options boiled down to the final two: University of Rochester and a public research university. One of the major differences between the two schools is their sizes; public schools tend to have a much larger student population, while Rochester prides itself on[…]

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The Ins and Outs of Being a Campus Tour Guide

People always ask me if it’s hard to walk backwards. My answer: Yes! But I love it and I love giving campus tours. I’m a campus tour guide, and we call ourselves the Meridians. It is an immense honor, especially after I found out that there are over 100 students applying every cycle, and only[…]

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Past, Present, and Future: A Conversation with a Rochester Alum

Ever since I came to the University of Rochester, I’ve been really interested in getting to know the stories of alumni after they graduate. That is one of the reasons why I love my job as a Meridian (aka campus tour guide) because sometimes, if I am lucky enough, I get to give a tour[…]

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Dear My Fellow Humanities Students

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about my major and studying in the humanities field. As you know, I am a potential art history and business double major, and when I tell this to people, it leads to some very interesting responses. Many of the adults instantly become uncomfortable and say something along the[…]

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Senior Year Goals!

I can’t believe I only have a few months of college left! I know it’s cliche, but here are some of my goals for my last few months as an undergrad at the Rochester! Goals: Enjoy my time with friends. This sounds like it should be obvious, but second semester of senior year ends up[…]

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Retreat for Rochester Students about Crime and Punishment

This past weekend, during the second coldest February in Rochester’s history, 38 university students, staff, and faculty members bundled up and gathered for a retreat ninety minutes away at Beaver Hollow Conference Center. The weekend retreat provided a safe space for building a stronger community, making s’mores over a fire pit, and displaying creative performances[…]

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Winners of the Simon Scholars Case Competition 2015

Written by Justine Rumbel, Assistant Director, Admissions Looking up from my coffee-scented office on a Friday afternoon, the snow piling up outside my window, I take a break from reading applications to refill my mug. As I walk down the hallway, I see a once-familiar sight from this time last year: Carla has put the[…]

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A Crisis of Curiosity

When I arrived at college during scorching heat and clear skies, I (naively) had my life all mapped out. As the warmth transitioned to a comfortable fall breeze and now finally to frigid February cold, I came to the realization that, as it turns out, I don’t exactly know what I’m doing with my life.[…]

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The Importance of Mentorship

I’ve been a huge proponent of mentorship for as long as I can remember. It is important to give and receive mentorship because it is what allows us to learn from others and continue to give back to those around us. I’d have to say that the first time I really learned the value of[…]

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